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Teaching with the Libraries

Helping students succeed

Northwestern University Libraries holds over seven million print and electronic volumes, and over 300,000 print or electronic journals. Subject librarians are here to help students build their skills and navigate the wealth of resources we have in our collections.

The student experience

Feedback from a recent survey show that students struggle to find credible sources and have trouble navigating the information available to them. All quotations are from first-year undergraduate students.

"Finding credible sources that also have the information I need is the most difficult part of the research process..."

"I had a difficult time finding journals and credible sources that were within my ability to understand..."

"... information overload made it hard to determine what exactly I wanted to accomplish."

Library instruction sessions directly address these frustrations by equipping students to narrow their topics, construct keyword searches, select search tools, evaluate information, and properly cite their sources. 


Instruction services

The Libraries create in-class activities and online learning objects customized to your courses that will improve your students’ research skills.

Course-specific research guides and learning outcomes

Example 1:

ENG 105-6: Language and Everyday Experience, Professor Del Torto

After a library instruction session, students will be able to:

Example 2:

COMP 395: Comparative Literary Studies Seminar, Professor Wolff

After a library instruction session, students will be able to:

Contact us

Questions? Contact your subject librarian, or complete the instruction request form to get started.